For understandable reasons, many people are limiting their exposure to the outside world and trying to save money. Developing DIY skills is a very popular topic; there are many tutorials and videos available online, and DIY stores regularly offer training courses. Learning new skills is a great way to save money, but there are times when you need to call a professional. In this article, we will look at three plumbing problems that should be handled by a professional plumber.
- No Hot Water Supply
We rely on our hot water heater to provide heated water to wash, clean, shower, and many other key tasks. Despite this, most people don’t think about their hot water heater until it stops working. If you have some DIY skills, you may be tempted to investigate and try to repair the hot water heater. This is a mistake, a hot water heater has a number of complex components, and it’s easy to cause more damage if you don’t know what you’re doing. The water heater is connected to the plumbing lines and the gas or electrical supply. Any damage caused to those lines can be costly to repair, and it can even be dangerous for you and your home.
- A Reduction in Water Pressure
When your water pressure drops, it can have a dramatic effect on the quality of your life. So, it makes sense that someone would try and fix this by adjusting their water pressure. This is a bad idea for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is usually an underlying cause, and if the water pressure is increased without fixing that problem, it can make things worse. Secondly, if you can identify the cause of the underlying problem, it can be hard to fix without the expertise and specialized tools. A professional plumber can assess the state of your plumbing and find the cause of the loss in water pressure. In many cases, a simple adjustment can restore the water pressure to the previous levels, but this is not guaranteed.
- Severe Drain Clogs
A blocked drain can be easy to fix with a simple cup plunger, but what if the clog continues to return or it is located deeper in the drain? This can be a real issue; plumbers refer to these as persistent clogs; they are hard to remove and return in the future. In most cases, there is an underlying issue that is causing the formation of drain clogs. Some people resort to using a store bought chemical drain cleaning products to dissolve the clog. This may work in the short term, but those caustic chemicals can also damage your drain lines. A professional plumber will recommend a manual drain clog removal using a plumbing augur or other method. This is more effective and less likely to damage your plumbing system.
If you have a problem with your home plumbing system, contact a local certified plumber. They have the skills, expertise, and specialized tools to locate the source of the problem and fix it.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.